Ten of the Most Impressive Public Buildings in the World
1. The Beehive, New Zealand.
The executive wing of the New Zealand government are housed in this impressive building, which echoes Aztec towers and Roman colosseums.
2. The National Museum of African American History.
Three stories of this confronting building are above ground – another three are below ground. The dark, rusty exterior echo the contents; hard to adjust to but demanding respect.
3. The Vennesla Public library.
This excellent little house for books is situated right in the middle of the city, becoming a meeting place for civilians and a space for thought.
4. Thurgood Marshall Judiciary Building, USA.
A balance between modern and traditional, the glass update to this building reminds its occupants of the idea that progress is built on tradition.
5. Romanian Parliament, Bucharest.
One of the largest & most expensive single government building ever built.
6. Port House, Antwerp.
This strange, futuristic spaceship-like structure was built onto an existing but defunct fire station. The building now houses the local Port Authority – a collection of government offices in a surprisingly exuberant building.
7. The LiYuan Library, China.
Made of natural materials, this beautifully harmonious building has no electricity supply, so it closes at dusk, when it gets too dark to read.
8. Government House, Azerbaijan.
A slab-like castle, this is another example of a government building that aims to impose itself upon passers-by and cast an air of timelessness.
9. Finnish National Parliament, Helsinki.
This intimidating slab of a building houses the Finnish parliament. Daunting, sturdy, solid, ungiving.
10. Toyko Metropolitan Government building.
Unique because of its sheer size and lack of restraint, this building is not what you’d expect from sleepy government organisations.
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15 of the best George Morris Quotes
The best utterings of renowned coach and trainer George Morris:
– Distances are like men. Never take the first one you see, there will always be another one.
– Impulsion does not mean running forward. Impulsion means thinking forward.
– One you see a distance, I want you obsessive with straightness. If the horse drifts, he loses power and doesn’t use himself.
– Accuracy is better than speed.
– Every second, you’re either schooling or un-schooling your horse. There is no in-between.
– Don’t copy the people you ride against. You have to do better.
– Dressage is the basis. If there’s something off here, there will be something off with the jumping.
– I didn’t have talent, but I had great ambition. I still have ambition.
– It’s all about the horse and that’s it.
– It’s about the horse, how to care for the horse, how to ride the horse and how to look after this great animal – the horse.
– At first everything is hard, then it becomes easier, then habitual, and only now does it have a chance to become beautiful.
– Precision, repeat something over and over again, that’s how you get the precision habit. Some people think it’s boring. I don’t.
– This is not rocket science. You don’t have to reinvent the space shuttle, keep it simple.
– You will be rewarded for brilliance. Not reckless brilliance, but natural brilliance. Don’t be sheep.
– Function equals form and form equals function.
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